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Professor Fadi P. Deek Receives Prestigious IBM Faculty Award

NEWARK, January 14-- - Fadi P. Deek, Ph.D., professor of computer and information science at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), was recently awarded an IBM Faculty Award, a highly competitive award recognizing the outstanding quality of his research. The "Faculty Partnership Award" given by IBM’s Watson Research Center recognizes and fosters novel, creative work as well as strengthens the relationships between leading universities and the IBM research and development community.

The award is a yearly amount of $15,000 that is renewable for up to three years. Such grants are competitive, cash-only stipends that are intended to promote innovative, collaborative research projects between employees in IBM research, development or services organizations and among premier faculty worldwide. IBM awarded more than 200 Faculty Awards in 2002, totaling almost $6.5 million.

“At NJIT, the funds will be used to support a doctoral student who will set up learning tools using the IBM Eclipse Platform to aide high school computer science teachers who teach the Java language,” says Deek. “The Java language has been difficult for high school students to grasp because it has only recently been used in high schools.”

High school students who take Advanced Placement courses in computer science are exposed to it. The IBM Eclipse Platform is a collection of interacting pieces of software.

The curriculum will include ways to teach Java-based content as well as better ways to teach literal and mnemonic language content. The text will also include performance measures such as on-line quizzes and tests.

Deek, a resident of East Brunswick, is the associate dean of the College of Computing Sciences at NJIT, director of the NJIT Information Technology Program, and associate professor of computer and information science. Deek has lobbied hard for improving computer education in secondary schools. In 1995, he established an annual conference at NJIT focusing on advancing curriculum standards and professional development for computer science education at the pre-college level. As a result of his efforts, the College of Computing Sciences at NJIT has become the key institutional resource for computer science curriculum development for high schools in New Jersey and other states.

He also directs the New Jersey Information-Technology Opportunities for the Workforce, Education and Research (NJ I-TOWER), a $2.5 million NJIT project funded by the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education "High Technology Workforce Excellence Grant" initiative.

Deek earned a Ph.D. in computer and information science from NJIT in 1997. He has also garnered praise from students and colleagues for his teaching ability. His awards include the NJIT Student Senate Faculty of the Year Award (1992, 1993); the NJIT Honors College Outstanding Teacher Award (1992); the NJIT Excellence in Teaching Award (1990, 1999); the NJIT Master Teacher (2001); the NJIT Alumni Association Robert W. Van Houten Award for Teaching Excellence (2002).

Deek’s research interests focus on learning systems and collaborative technologies, especially as those applications relate to software engineering and computer science education. His research contributions have been documented in 32 journal articles, 55 conference papers and 38 presentations. His approach to research involves a mixture of theoretical development, software system implementation, controlled experimental evaluation, and deployment of the systems developed.


NJIT is a public, scientific and technological research university enrolling more than 8,800 students. The university offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees to students in 80 degree programs throughout its six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, Albert Dorman Honors College and College of Computing Sciences. The division of continuing professional education offers adults eLearning, off campus degrees and short courses. Expertise and research initiatives include architecture and building science, applied mathematics, biomedical engineering, environmental engineering and science, information technology, manufacturing, materials, microelectronics, multimedia, telecommunications, transportation and solar astrophysics. Yahoo! Internet Life magazine cites NJIT as a "perennially most wired" university.

Contact Information:   Sheryl Weinstein
Public Relations
(973) 596-3436 




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